A brief note from Eileen, the Chair of the Planning Committee:
“Hi! Attached please find the plans for the Tom English bar/Dorchester Market site that were filed with the City this week. I direct your attention to page 2 of the document (page after cover sheet) for the zoning analysis and summary of violations. I quickly reviewed and to summarize:
- 5 Stories: 60.5’ in height
- Level 1: two commercial spaces – one for restaurant/bar and other for existing Dorchester Market
- 4 Levels of rental apartments: 38 Units, mostly studios and one-bedrooms
- Parking: 26 parking spots in the basement level, many of which appear to be tandem. Does not appear that they are considering stackable parking structures.”
Download the 959 Dorchester Ave Content Package (Adobe PDF, 4.4 MB). There is an abutters meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 20th.
The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 951-959 Dorchester Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to build a 5-story mixed-use building with 38 residential units, a restaurant, and a market.
Where: Catherine Clark Apartments (915 Dorchester Ave)
When: Saturday, January 20th
Time: 10:00 am
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
Save the date!
The 12th annual Dorchester Chili Cook-off will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the I.B.E.W. Local 103 Hall (256 Freeport Street). The event, with prizes awarded to dishes in several categories, is a major fundraiser for the Dorchester Day Parade.
Thanks to the Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association for the alert. We will share more information here when available.
Yesterday, the Boston Globe newspaper reported that its former newspaper property on Morrissey Boulevard:
“… officially sold Wednesday for $81 million to a partnership formed by Burlington-based developer Nordblom Co. and Boston private equity firm Alcion Ventures… Nordblom said it plans to convert the 16.5-acre site into a light industrial and office complex focused on technology and life sciences, along with restaurants, retail, and possibly a craft brewery… The Globe’s headquarters and newsroom moved in June to the Exchange Place tower at 53 State St. in downtown Boston. Its printing and distribution operations were relocated to a new facility in Taunton.”
On Sunday, Mayor Martin Walsh signed legislation banning the usage of single-use plastic bags in Boston. The Boston Globe reported:
“Boston joins 59 other municipalities statewide and hundreds across the nation, including Seattle and Washington, D.C., in adopting a ban. It takes effect next December, giving stores and shoppers time to prepare… Walsh’s decision ends more than a year of debate over whether to eliminate disposable shopping bags and steer businesses and consumers toward reusable ones. The goal, supporters say, is to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic in the environment. Opponents included representatives of the paper and plastic industries as well as critics who say the measure will amount to a tax on the poor. “
Some Boston residents and CSHCA members are participating in a local bag-share program to provide Boston residents with reusable bags.
What’s happening with the South Bay retail center? Below is a construction schedule update dated December 5, 2017 from Keith Hague, Vice President of Construction & Development, at EDENS (21 Custom House Street, Suite 450, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617.369.6609). Interested residents can read about the South Bay retail center at the Edens site, and/or follow Edens on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
- First retail tenant openings
- Ulta: Now open
- AMC: December 15th Star Wars release. Get your tickets online now! Theatre may open a few days prior
- Nike: December 8th
- Loft Outlet: December 8th
- Starbucks: TBD
- Boston Street & West Howell Street: Underground utilities complete
- Enterprise Street (Lucy St. to Mass Ave): Complete
- Start remaining off-site roadway improvements (W. Howell, Jan Karski Way to District Ave, Connector Road between Hotel and Scrub a Dub.)
- Residential Building D and ground floor retail tenant openings
- Complete off site roadway improvements (W. Howell, Jan Karski Way to District Ave, Connector Road between Hotel and Scrub-a-Dub.)
- Residential Building C and ground floor retail tenant openings
- Start construction of Hotel E Building
- Completion of Jan Karski Way improvements from District Ave to Enterprise Street
- Completion of Enterprise improvements from Jan Karski Way to Lucy Street
- Completion of Hotel E Building
- JP Licks, Carter’s, Forever 21 Red, MidiCi (Neapolitan pizza), Wahlburgers, Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ), Title Boxing & Chipotle
- Buildings A & B: Four remaining tenant spaces still to be announced
- Buildings C&D: Six remaining tenant spaces still to be announced
At the December 4th General Meeting, a representative from the Glover’s Corner development project distributed a flyer, which read in part:
“PLAN: Glover’s Corner is an opportunity for the community and the City of Boston to think strategically about the future of Glover’s Corner.”
The area under study is huge, covering about 86 acres. Current land usage includes commercial (41%), residential (25%), industrial (17%), public/tax-exempt (14%), and mixed-use (2%). See the map below.
Visioning workshops held on May 18 and June 28, 2017 identified several neighborhood strengths (“cultural and economic diversity; close to Red Line transit; cross-roads of Dorchester; culturally diverse restaurants and local services”) and weaknesses (“lack of trees, green spaces, and places to gather; unsafe and hard to walk and bike; traffic and congestion; lack of access to certain services and amenities”). The workshop sessions also identified the highest priorities for the project:
- “Create housing for a range of incomes
- Plan for a climate-change resilient neighborhood”
Other top priorities identified:
- “Create safe, walkable bike-friendly streets
- Preserve and grow quality jobs
- Improve transit options and connections
- Provide support for local businesses
- Support cultural diversity of the neighborhood
- Create an active people-centric district through development”
To learn more, visit the Glover’s Corner Project at the Boston Planning & Development Agency site, and/or read the October 25, 2017 Land Use Workshop Presentation. A copy of the presentation is also available here (Adobe PDF; 11 MB).
WBZ-TV, the local CBS affiliate, broadcast a video segment yesterday about the activism of Dorchester residents and rapid changes affecting Boston’s largest neighborhood. CSHCA Vice President Eileen Boyle briefly appears in the broadcast.
The Boston Police Department has launched a new security program which utilizes the internet-connect security cameras at participating businesses and homes. The program description:
“Boston Police Department, District C-11 recently launched a Public Safety Consortium among Dorchester Business Owners with an Information Sharing App, with the goal of bringing Dorchester’s Business Community together with the Boston Police Department to strategically plan and coordinate responses to emergency situations. To further this initiative, District C-11 is launching a new initiative to better coordinate, adjudicate, mitigate, prevent and respond to incidents in the community: Cam-Share.
By partnering with our neighbors, private cameras in and around our community can potentially be used as “Force- Multipliers.” Enabling Evidence to be quickly located, analyzed, and distributed among various agencies working together within the Criminal Justice System, to identify, locate, apprehend and adjudicate criminals responsible for committing an unlawful act(s)…”
While this video sharing program is new in Dorchester, similar programs exist elsewhere in the country. A quick online search found programs operating in Canyon (Texas), Elmhurst (Illinois), Schaumburg (Illinois), Washington (DC), and Waterloo (Illinois).
For more information, download the Community Cam-Share information and registration form (Adobe PDF; 490 KB). Or, contact: Timothy Connolly, Captain, Boston Police District C-11, 40 Gibson Street Dorchester, MA 02122. Phone: 617-343-4330.